Skin Destructives
Smoking

Most important for a healthy looking skin are also the following factors

  • staying out of the sun
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Circumventing potentially stressful situations
  • Cutting out or cutting down on the number of cigarettes you smoke and the amount of alcohol you consume and eating and exercising wisely.
  • Any thing in short that contributes to the health of your body will be reflected in the state of your skin.

What to do when

Your strategy for maintaining a healthy skin and preserving its youthfulness should start with a good sun protection and, preferably, a total sun block- at least on the face. Refer Kemara Organic Chamomile sun block. UV rays cause the formation of substance called 'free radicals' which damages the skin. Unless sun light is deflected by the upper layers of the epidermis, the ultraviolet radiation strikes at the nucleus of the basal cells, altering the DNA within them so that, instead of renewing themselves perfectly, the cells tend to divide defectively. A small change to the DNA will produce no visible signs of damage- we can all escape fairly lightly with a small amount of sun exposure. Intensive sunbathing or unprotected exposure to the sun over the years, however, will cause the cells to divide more and more defectively and the damage to become more and more pronounced and, of course visible. The effect is cumulative. It is said that sun exposure is the main cause of skin aging, apart from the process of growing old.So it is never too late to start on a very good sun block immediately

Sleep and Stress

With too little sleep the skin actually looks tired, becoming sallow, puffy, lifeless and gray. This is because while you are asleep your skin renews its texture. The hormones responsible for cell division and the renewal and replacement of skin tissue are at their most active during sleep, making this period of rest and regenerations as vital to the health of your skin as it is to the health of your mind and the rest of your body.

Smoking

Smoking seems to affect the skin in two ways. Firstly, the habitual inhalation will cause lines to develop around the mouth in much the same way as habitual squinting will cause lines to develop around the eyes. Secondly, Carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke has a affinity for hemoglobin ( the oxygen- carrying red pigment in the blood) than oxygen has itself, and displaces it, so substantially reducing the amount available to build up an replenish the skin tissue. Smoking 'suffocates' the skin.

Humidity

Ask any farmer, and he will tell you that it is not so much the drought that damages his crop, but the warm, drying wind that goes with it. The same is true for the skin. Dryness can be caused or accentuated by a low humidity atmosphere that literally lifts the moisture out of it. Air conditioning, central heating, ventilation and extractor fans all strip moisture from the atmosphere and bring your skin closer to its evaporation threshold (when the humidity is below 30 per cent.

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